Posted on April 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Apr

10

2014

Highest March-level median sales price in seven years; Inventory up 21 percent

OVERVIEW

The Washington DC Metro Area continued to see winter weather well into March.  As in the previous months, the cold weather may have impacted buyer activity in the housing market.  Both closed sales and new contract activity decreased from last March, declining 11.2 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.  While all property segments had a decline in closed sales, only single-family detached homes and townhomes had fewer new contracts than last year.  Seller activity jumped compared to last year as both active listings and new listings had year-over-year increases.  Active listings increased by 20.9 percent, with both condo properties and townhomes increasing by over 30 percent.  New listings increased 3.9 percent and were driven by new listings for condo properties, which increased 18.6 percent.  Even with the increases, inventory remains low and is just 29.4 percent of its peak-level. 

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Apr

10

2014

New listing activity increases for 12th month in a row; Prices essentially flat compared to last year

OVERVIEW

The Baltimore Metro Area continued to see winter weather well into March, but buyers and sellers in the region were less affected by it than earlier in the year.  Both buyer and seller activity improved from last March and the number of closed sales, active listings and new listings increased from this time last year.  Closed sales increased 4.6 percent, with gains seen in each property segment.  The number of new contracts declined by 1.3 percent from March 2013, but remained higher than the March-level for the six preceding years. 

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Mar

10

2014

Increase in closed sales despite winter weather

OVERVIEW

February was another unusually cold and snowy month in the Baltimore Metro Area, but the weather had less of an impact on activity in the housing market than in January.  The number of closed sales increased 5.9 percent from last February, with increases in all property segments.  But the number of new contracts signed in February fell 1.7 percent from last year, driven by declines in townhomes and single-family detached homes.  While buyer activity was mixed, seller activity continues to improve as compared to the prior year.  New listings increased 2.3 percent and continued to contribute to increases in active listings.  There were 10,107 active listings at the end of February, 7.4 percent more than the same time last year.  Despite this increase, inventory remains low and is only half of its 2008 peak level.  The tight inventory may be playing a role in price growth and the median sales price for the region increased 7.6 percent from last year.  As the weather improves, both buyers and potential sellers may be more inclined to enter the market.

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Posted on February 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Feb

10

2014

Winter weather dampens buyer activity though price gains continue; Active listings increase across all property segments

OVERVIEW

The DC Metro Area was off to an unusually cold and snowy start, likely affecting buyer activity in the region.  Closed sales decreased 2.1 percent from last January with declines in both single-family detached home and townhome sales.  New contracts also decreased from last year, falling 10.5 percent with declines across all property segments.  However, seller activity continues to improve and both active listings and new listings increased from January 2013.  Active listings rose 11.5 percent from this time last year, marking the fourth consecutive month of increases for this indicator.  For the first time in over two years, there were gains in active listings for all property segments.  Even with this increase, supply remains tight and is only 26 percent of its 2007 peak level.  New listings increased 1.7 percent from last year which is a milder increase than in prior months.  The median sales price increased from the prior year for the 24th month in a row, rising 7.8 percent from last January.  While sellers are returning to the market, winter weather may dampen buyer activity in the remaining winter months.

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Posted on February 10, 2014 by Corey Hart
Feb

10

2014

Winter weather dampens buyer activity; Inventory gains across all property segments

OVERVIEW

The Baltimore Metro Area was off to an unusually cold and snowy start, likely affecting buyer activity in the region.  Closed sales decreased 2.0 percent from last January driven by declines in single-family detached home and townhome sales.  New contracts increased modestly from last year, rising 1.6 percent.  Seller activity continues to improve and both active listings and new listings increased from January 2013.  Active listings rose 6.0 percent from this time last year, led by active listings for single-family detached homes.  Inventory has now risen from the prior year for four consecutive months.  Even with this increase, supply remains tight and is only 49.3 percent of its 2008 peak level.  New listings increased 3.7 percent from last year which is a milder increase than in prior months.  The median sales price in the region increased 0.4 percent from last January, led by growth in condo properties and townhomes.  While sellers are returning to the market, weather may dampen buyer activity in the remaining winter months.

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